ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — In one day, four Elizabethtown, Kentucky, city employees will transport more than 10,000 pounds of goods to the city’s North Carolina counterpart to help assist in its recovery effort following Hurricane Florence.
The items were collected within about a week during a supply drive Elizabethtown hosted. The idea for the drive to help the North Carolina residents was spurred by two newsroom employees of The News-Enterprise after learning a town in that state, also named Elizabethtown, had received the most rain from Florence — more than 35 inches.
Once Elizabethtown announced its plan to help the city, supplies – ranging from diapers and paper towels to water and tools – began pouring in.
The supplies were loaded into trailers Monday by several city employees from City Hall and the Pubic Works Department. They filled a 20-foot trailer and an 18-foot trailer with the items.
“I think it’s a good thing, helping out a sister city,” city employee Troy Coogle said.
Coogle has volunteered to drive the 10 hours to North Carolina.
Along with the supplies will be a small memento bag, Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger said.
Berger said she has been overwhelmed by the generosity of residents in not only Elizabethtown, but all of Hardin County.
“The people in this community always respond. They always do,” she said. “I am so excited to see and hear the response our employees get when all of this is delivered.”
Elizabethtown Public Works Director Don Hill said the supplies will leave at 8 a.m. Wednesday from The State Theater.
A news release from Elizabethtown, North Carolina, said the truck was expected by Thursday morning.
Hill said would be held at The State Theater by representatives from Franklin Crossroads Baptist Church and New Hope Community Church-Elizabethtown.
Matt Malzahn (right) hands a package of water to Colby Skaggs, both city employees in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, as they load a truck on Monday headed for North Carolina. More than 10,000 pounds of supplies were collected.
Mary Alford is a reporter for The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She can be reached at 270-505-1741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.